Arkansas businessman and Republican gubernatorial candidate Curtis Coleman released the following statement Wednesday in response to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross' tax cut proposal:
"I applaud Mr. Ross' efforts to cut taxes for all Arkansans. However, because he builds his 'proposed' cuts on hoped-for increased revenue for the state and not a reduction in the size and growth of state government, these may be hollow promises. I'll be presenting a plan next month that guarantees tax cuts for all Arkansans, and equally as important, creates a pro-jobs, pro-business environment that will let the people of Arkansas, rather than the government of Arkansas, enjoy some long overdue prosperity."
Another Republican candidate, Asa Hutchinson, released the following statement in response to Ross's plan:
"I'm glad longtime Democratic Congressman Mike Ross finally recognizes the need for tax relief in Arkansas.
Unfortunately his plan is just not serious. It has no specifics or time-frame for action. Three months ago, I laid out a serious plan to begin reductions of our income tax rates in Arkansas. I gave a specific timeline and how I will lead as Governor. This is a clear difference in leadership. My plan is specific and on day one we will have legislation for middle income tax relief in Arkansas.
While my plan focuses on competitive tax rates in Arkansas for job creation, the Ross plan is not a long-term solution for economic growth. Under Mike Ross, Arkansas will continue to have the highest income tax rate in the region. This is a fundamental difference in our vision for growing Arkansas's economy and creating jobs.
Finally, Mike Ross needs to answer this question: What is his first priority? Is it the $40 million tax relief that he promised to the manufacturers or the half a billion-dollar tax proposal made today.